For Iran, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is a welcome distraction

By Harry Mayo

International isolation, internal instability and a faltering economy have led Iran’s government to revive its policy of detaining dual nationals such as Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in an attempt to exert diplomatic leverage over the West. That policy appears to have proved successful, with Jeremy Hunt visiting Iran this week, apparently with the aim of securing her release.

The visit has afforded the Iranian state an opportunity to placate its internal critics, pressure the UK into remaining in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal and distract from its internal separatist movements and foreign policy.

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